Friends who had participated (Elizabeth, Alli Grace, etc)
East TN area
Fairs, festivals, parades
TV and social Media
98 year tradition first beginning in 1921
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Tourist attraction created by businessmen
Officially known as the Miss America Pageant in 1940
Controversial during the 1920's because of the pageant's ideals during a difficult time in America's history. After a few years, the pageant was discontinued and then revived again.
Margaret Gormon, 1921
First Miss America Pageant Winner
Nia Franklin, 2019
Winner of this year's Miss America Pageant
-In 1945, the Miss America organizers began to develop an attraction towards education. There was a desire for women who were goal driven, intelligent, and cultured.
-Sholarships were being rewarded
-Gained popularity and support in 1950's
-First televised in 1955
Influence on society, media, and culture
Inspired several movies, books, and TV shows
Other beauty pageants
News Anchors (Gretchen Carleson)
Politicians (Erika Harold)
Politics (Donald Trump)
Movements and protests (#MeToo, protest of 1968)
Social media (Memes and Steve Harvey)
What's so bad?
Unrealistic Beauty Expectations
Objectification of Females
Contradict an emphasis on education
Discrimination against backgrounds
Lack of emphasis on diversity
In past years, there have been recorded reports made in the media about contestants (both retired and presently participating) with involvement in...
D. Explicit photos
F. Other illegal activities
Miss USA in 2010
First winner of Arabian descent
Pulled over by the police one night for...
A. Going double the posted speed limit
B. Having consumed a significant amount of alcohol
Miss Nevada of 2007
Arrested for breaking the law on 4 charges
Guilty for the drug trafficking of meth
In a study, researchers found that out of 2.5 million girls who participated in pageants, 6% (which is 150,000) suffered from a form of depression.
Unnecessary categories like talent, swim suit, and evening gowns take away the opportunities to show young girls that success and hard work are achievable. There are hardly any social skills being shown that are useful and necessary for young women to adopt
Since its beginning in 1921, the Miss America Pageant has included the swimsuit catagory. In 1944, Lenora Slaughter urged organizers to allow women the chance at a educational scholarship. Though the swimsuit portion was (very) recently removed, until now, it was one of the pageants biggest factors in choosing a winner for the scholarship. Many found it odd, confusing, and contradicting for an organization to offer an educational scholarship to the winner of a body judging competition of young women.
Lenora Slaughter's rules that are still in place from the 1940's
Must not be pregnant
Never had children
Must be (born) female
Never been divorced
Must be of "good health"
-Undoubtedly, the Miss America pageant has been a major influence on American culture and to girls all over the country. The pageant is a beloved, televised tradition that millions of Americans enjoy each year.
-Though the pageant has taken part in charities, brought awareness to world wide issues, offered some educational opportunities, and in some ways grown in areas of diversity and change, there are aspects of the competition that negatively contradict itself.
The competition has always valued and enforced the idea of good morals and behavior, yet...
A. Within one year of participating, contestants are more likely to involved in legal trouble.
B. Dozens of young women are clear examples of this.
Organizers take pride in the flawlessness in the young women that they allow to participate in the pageant. Unfortunately, many choose to ignore the effects of unruly expectations on contestants. Studies have shown that those who participate in pageants have a higher risk for mental illnesses and eating disorders. More attention is brought to these expectations rather than the educational opportunities the organization supposedly claims to value.
For years, the Miss America Pageant has promoted the idea of confidence, diversity, and womanhood. However, it's rules and regulations suggest ideas otherwise. Thousands of women have been turned down upon appication due to the exclusivity of the pageant requirements and personal situations that were uncortllable and/or unexpected.